Top 8 Best Things to Do as a Family in Gatlinburg

Top 8 Best Things to Do as a Family in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg is the perfect family destination, with something for everyone. Check out these eight all-ages attractions.

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

All ages delight in the wildlife, historic sites, waterfalls, and fresh mountain air here. Bring a picnic. Walk the Gatlinburg Trail, an easy stroll for even the youngest kids, or visit Fighting Creek Nature Trail to spot ghostly remains of long-gone settlements. Go wading at the Greenbrier swimming hole or The Sinks. 

2. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! 

Leave the screens at home--see weird oddities in real life. With more than 500 exhibits and artifacts of the strangest animals, objects, and people, the Odditorium will fascinate kids and teens. 

3. Anakeesta

Escape to this mountaintop theme park where the theme is natural beauty. Enjoy the chairlift ride (look for black bears!). At the top, the view takes your breath away. Traverse the Treetop Skywalk, where you’ll walk among the leafy canopy 60 feet off the ground. The kids will love playing at TreeHouse Village Adventure, cooling off at the splash pad, and mining for real gems and fossils! 

4. Rowdy Bear Mountain

Kids as young as three can ride the Mountain Coaster with an adult. Control your own speed as you ride downhill through the woods. The Mountain Glider offers a different thrill: You’ll feel like you’re hang gliding while you’re suspended from a single rail and fly in loops and curves from three stories above the ground. Kids who weigh at least 75 pounds can experience the glider.

5. Amazing Mirror Maze

The Amazing Mirror Maze astounds you as you navigate its twists while bumping into yourself at every turn. Light shows and dance music propel you! While you’re here, check out the maze’s neighbor, Circus Mini Golf, a blend of circus funhouse and blacklight golf. 

6. Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

Touch a stingray, spy on penguins, shudder as sharks glide past, or ride in a glass-bottomed boat. This state-of-the-art aquarium with 10,000 creatures is an unforgettable day out. 

7. Gatlin’s Fun Center

Everyone will find a favorite challenge here, with a huge variety for kids and adults alike: Mini-golf, laser tag, a ropes course, escape games, blacklight golf, bumper cars, and more.  

8. Your Private Cabin

Play pool, tell tales by the fire pit, watch movies or break out a board game. Make family memories in your vacation cabin. Book a Gatlinburg cabin today.